From the No. 54 National Guard Cockpit: Driver Todd Bodine You've once described Martinsville as one of your home tracks. Being from New York, how can you say that? "I practically grew up there. Both of my brothers, Geoffrey and Brett raced...
From the No. 54 National Guard Cockpit: Driver Todd Bodine
You've once described Martinsville as one of your home tracks. Being from New York, how can you say that?
"I practically grew up there. Both of my brothers, Geoffrey and Brett raced Modifieds. It didn't take long for them to get dialed into the place so racing at Martinsville became a common occurrence. The place still feels the same way to me. Some of my fondest racing memories I have with my brothers took place there. It's an awesome facility and a fun place to run. Looking back, it's no doubt a place that helped make a name for the Bodine family in NASCAR."
You have had success in qualifying at flat, 1.5-mile D-shaped ovals. Martinsville doesn't resemble that but you've come away with a pole. Why is that?
"It goes back to those early days when Brett and Geoffrey raced. I really got into listening to what they had to say about Martinsville. They totally understood what it took to dominate there and I learned a lot from them. What they knew then still applies today."
What does it take to run well at Martinsville?
"Just about everything comes in to play at Martinsville. The car has to handle well through the corners. Being that it's only a half-mile, brakes will become an issue if you are lacking in handling department. You can't afford to use up the brakes because 500 miles is a long way when the car isn't handling the way you want it."
From the No. 54 National Guard War Wagon: Crew Chief Derrick Finley
What will be your primary objective when setting the car up for Todd?
First, we are bringing a new piece to Martinsville. It's an entirely new chassis. Chassis number 17 needs to turn through the center of the turns with ease for Todd to run well. We're also hoping to have it come off the turns with good forward bite. If we can provide that for Todd we should be in good shape. We aren't too worried about speed on the straights because we are still running Robert Yates Engines. We shouldn't be lacking in horsepower.
MEDIA NOTE: DOUBLE DUTY: Todd Bodine will practice, qualify and race the No. 54 National Guard Winston Cup Ford at Martinsville. Upon the completion of Winston Cup happy hour, Bodine will fly to Nashville for Saturday night's Busch race where he currently leads the Busch Series points standings. Mike McLaughlin will assist Bodine in driving duties by practicing and qualifying the #92 Busch Series car.